School Notes: Elwood, HHS, Walt Whitman, and More

Harley Avenue Primary School Primary School Principal Mrs. Elissa Milan presented faculty members Michelle Kretz, Jose Alicea, Christian Haack, and Alexandria Harris to the board on Jan. 24, to commend them for their work on “Sensory City.”

The superhero-themed function was thought of by social worker Kretz and helps students develop their motor skills and refocus in the classroom. With the help of Alicea, Haack, and Harris, Kretz was able to turn her idea into a reality for the students.

The project’s timeline was originally extended to the end of school year, but was completed by Thanksgiving. “I’m so proud of this team,” Milan said. “Their dedication and focus in bringing our dreams of an extreme makeover, school edition, to a reality has been an incredible journey and I know the Harley community is so grateful for all they’ve done.”

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Huntington High School Students Particpate in SCALA show

Huntington High School’s digital artists attended this year’s Suffolk County Art Leaders Association All County & Scholarship Show (SCALA), showing off some of their best work this season.

The exhibition and competition is an annual event held in partnership with the Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts. Top student-artists from across the county were invited to submit artwork in categories ranging from drawing, painting, 3D and photography to mixed media, digital media and scholarship divisions.

Students Hannah Bailin, Camille Moscato, Declan Boyle and Josefina Fasolino competed in this year’s exhibition and captured the respect of judges and a crowd of art lovers. Awards included $100 for Best in Show, $50 for top honors in each of the entry categories and three honorable mention awards of $25 apiece.

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Students Experience Success at the LISE Fair 

Four Walt Whitman High students attended the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair at the Crest Hollow Country Club, recently, presenting a plethora of research to attendees.

Sarah Nace, Gretel Huber, Liam Rea and Meghan Italo competed against 400 students from Long Island. Rea, who presented on Inexpensive Online Multiuser Virtual Reality Hardware and Software Enviornment, hosted by Micro Computer, moved on to the final round, which occurs on Mar. 14. If he succeeds in his category, he will attend the International Fair.

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World Read Aloud Day at Fifth Avenue

Earlier this month, Fifth Avenue Elementary School celebrated World Read Aloud Day which focuses on the importance of reading aloud, sharing stories and understanding the idea of literacy as a human right.

Faculty began the day by putting on a special reader’s theatre performance of “A Bad Case of the Stripes.” Subsequently, the entire school engaged in reading activity where faculty and students stopped everything to read. An interactive and productive feat, faculty members were pleased with the outcome of the day, stressing the importance reading sessions with the children.

“Reading aloud to children every day can put them almost a year ahead of children who do not receive daily read-alouds,” said librarian, Andrea Ferrari. “And reading aloud not only helps develop literacy skills,” added librarian, Rosemary Becker, ”but also builds community and connects us to each other.”

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Cold Spring Harbor selected for All-County Music Festival

This year Cold Spring Harbor had 81 students selected for All County performing ensembles. The students rehearsed three times during the week with culminating performances at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in early January. Students are chosen for this prestigious festival from every school in Nassau County.

K-12 Music Coordinator, Brent Chiarello, said in regards to this year’s participation: “It’s really encouraging to see so many of our students not only achieve a level where they are chosen for these prestigious honors, but also truly embrace the arts and strive to make per- forming music a part of their lives.”

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